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Phase I Marine and Terrestrial Cultural Resources Survey of 13 Project Items Located on Marsh Island, Iberia Parish, Louisiana.

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Final rept. Jul-Aug 98,,

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This report presents the results of Phase I cultural resources survey and archeological inventory of two marine and 11 terrestrial project items on and near Marsh Island in Iberia Parish, Louisiana. Approximately 175 linear km 109 linear mi of marine survey was conducted off of the east coast of Marsh island in East Cote Blanche Bay. An additional 2.41 linear Ion 1.5 linear mi of underwater survey was performed in Hawkins Bayou. The terrestrial portion of the investigation was limited to the northeastern portion of Marsh Island. It included an examination of 11 project items two shoreline survey areas and nine existing canals that measured a combined total of approximately 105 ac 42.5 ha in size. This investigation was performed between July 20 and August 5, 1998 by R. Christopher Goodwin Associates, Inc., on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District. All work was authorized under Con-tract No. DACW29-97-D-0018, Delivery Order 11. The marine remote sensing survey was designed to identify all submerged cultural resources located within the underwater areas of potential effect. It included the use of a side scan sonar, magnetometer, and fathometer. Terrestrial survey was designed to locate all cultural resources within each land-based project item. It included pedestrian survey and shovel testing to identify, record, and assess preliminarily all archeological sites located within the 11 terrestrial project items. This Phase I marine and terrestrial cultural resources survey and archeological inventory resulted in the identification of four potentially significant magnetic anomalies and one historic period locus Locus 1. No prehistoric cultural material was identified or recovered as a result of this investigation. The four marine targets were assessed as potentially significant and additional examination or avoidance of these four anomalies was recommended.

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  • Humanities and History
  • Geography

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